June Concert – Song of the Earth – Gustav Mahler

March 24, 2014

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Photo credits Luke Potter Photography

Saturday 21st June at 7pm
Sunday 22nd June at 2.30pm

“Dark is life; dark is death”

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From the opening cackles and guffaws of its first drinking song to its final merging of the soul with the infinite universe, Mahler’s Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde) contains some of his greatest music and is often considered his greatest work. Using Chinese poems and Chinese musical elements, this symphonic cycle of six songs is unlike any other work in Western music.

Two singers carry this magnificent work. We were joined by Nicole Youl (mezzo soprano) and Martin Buckingham (tenor). One of Australia’s greatest operatic and concert sopranos, Nicole Youl is embarking on her next venture – becoming a mezzo soprano – and we are privileged to join her in that journey.Martin Buckingham is a Principal Artist with Opera Australia and a rising star.

Maestro Sadaharu Muramatsu and Strathfield Symphony Orchestra explored this rarely heard masterpiece with these fine artists. Sibelius’ early Karelia Suite rounds out this thrilling program.

Read the program online (1.2Mb PDF)

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